Ottawa, in Northern Illinois, is a city of some 19,000 people.
Springfield, the state capital, is 120 miles (193 kilometers) to the south of Ottawa, while Chicago is 75 miles (121 kilometers) to the northeast.
There’s no reason to neglect your swing when staying in the Ottawa area, home to a number of the fastest greens, nastiest bunkers and friendliest clubhouses in in the region. Spring Creek Golf Course and Deer Park Country Club should be the first choice for discerning golfers. Nettle Creek Country Club and Mendota Golf Club are just two more great local courses worth checking out if time allows.
Relax amid the bird song and blooms at a few of the popular nature retreats in Ottawa. Among the most-loved urban parks for those who appreciate the outdoors are Washington Square Park and the Baker Park. Even more flora and fauna can be found at Goold Park and tranquil Streator City Park.
While you and your family are in the city, see the Streatorland Historical Museum and discover the area’s history. One of the main historical museums in the area, it’s a must-see attraction. Another great place to visit is the Mendota Museum and Historical Society.
As well as urban parks, the local area also has several ecological havens where families can enjoy picturesque scenery and some notable native species. Discover the beauty of William G. Stratton State Park and appreciate being out in nature and away from the urban streets.
Among the most visited historic attractions in Ottawa is the Hegeler Carus Mansion. Educational and intriguing, it is well worth a trip. Wander around the site, take photos and discover local history.
Peru Mall is the perfect place to head to if you enjoy shopping and watching the world go by. This is a bustling place full of fashion, accessories and grocery shops.
Bring the entire gang to Dickinson House, the perfect place to entertain, educate and delight your children. Don't miss the chance to visit this fun-filled and educational attraction, offering ear-to-ear smiles for the whole family.
The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial was created as a proud tribute to the struggles and sacrifices of Ottawa men and women in more troubled times. Study the plaques and signs and let your mind float back through the smoke of battles past, before moving on to explore the other historic sites in the area.